Re: “Road Linking Downtown to Chinatown Will Be Closed For 2 Years for Bullet Train Work” (story, Oct. 2) As appealing as the California high-speed rail sounded when it was first approved in 2008, it leaves me questioning whether it will be worth the frustrations and hurdles.
How much debt will we be in after completion? That is, if it is completed. After reading that Tulare Street and possibly Kern Street will be closed to facilitate construction for the rail, it is indeed showing promising progression. But at what cost?
The high speed rail was initially projected at $40 billion but is now nearly two times more than that initial cost. If it is almost twice as much, the taxpayers may be the ones who pay the cost after all is said and done. I
In addition, the project is significantly behind schedule. Although it is a great idea, the costs that are being occurred will put us in debt. After all, Gov. Jerry Brown has just predicted that California’s state budget will have a deficit of $1.6 million dollars.
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Chue Fue Xiong, Fresno